Don Wyatt named Vice President of News for Digital First Media’s Michigan group
Wyatt has led daily newsrooms in Springfield, Mo. And Duluth, Minn. and was a senior editor at the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He also previously worked at USA Today and The Boston Globe
New York, N.Y. – December 31, 2013 — Digital First Media today named Don Wyatt Vice President of News for the Company’s Michigan group – including the Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily, the Morning Sun, and affiliated weekly publications. Mr. Wyatt succeeds Glenn Gilbert, who is retiring in January.
“I am thrilled Don Wyatt will be joining us to continue the digital transformation of Digital First Media’s Michigan newsroom that Glenn Gilbert led so masterfully in recent years,” said Jim Brady, Digital First Media’s Editor-in-Chief. “Coverage of our local communities remains Job No. 1 for us, but we must continue to expand our efforts to serve local readers in print, on the web, on mobile and on whatever new platforms develop in coming years. We feel confident that Don is the right person to handle that significant challenge.”
Mr. Wyatt, who recently served as Senior Regional Editor for Patch.com in Michigan and several states in the Midwest, was raised in Detroit and Swartz Creek, Michigan. He graduated with a degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and started his career at the Lansing State Journal before joining The Detroit News.
“I have led news teams covering communities in southeastern Michigan so I’m familiar with the area’s cities and counties. I understand the issues, what is important, and already have relationships with area residents and officials,” said Mr. Wyatt. “I am eager to get to know Michigan’s Digital First Media team, our readers and our business partners. This is an exciting time in journalism and an exciting time in Michigan. I can’t wait to get started.”
Mr. Wyatt has led daily newsrooms in Springfield, Mo. And Duluth, Minn. and was a senior editor at the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He also previously worked at USA Today and The Boston Globe. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Wyatt is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
“I am excited that we have someone of Don’s caliber joining our leadership team. He brings a wealth of digital experience that will help grow our audience,” said Jim O’Rourke, Digital First Media’s Michigan Group Publisher. “With the retirement of Glenn Gilbert – one of the best partners I’ve had in my career – we are confident Don will continue to build on the work we have started.”
Mr. Wyatt lives in Hadley with his wife, Roxanne, who is a speech and language pathologist in the Lapeer Community Schools. Mr. Wyatt and his wife have two sons: Dylan, 20, is a medical student at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and Sawyer, 17, is a senior at St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, Mo.